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unworthy

[uhn-wur-th ee] /ʌnˈwɜr ði/
adjective, unworthier, unworthiest.
1.
not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.
2.
beneath the dignity (usually followed by of):
behavior unworthy of a king.
3.
of a kind not worthy (often followed by of).
4.
not of adequate merit or character.
5.
not commendable or creditable.
6.
not deserving.
noun, plural unworthies.
7.
an unworthy person.
Origin of unworthy
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see un-1, worthy
Related forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
self-unworthiness, noun
Synonyms
3, 4. unseemly, unfit, unsuitable, ignoble.
Antonyms
1. deserving, admirable, commendable.
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  • To think of this love, so passionately pure, wasted on his own unworthiness.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • She was as much to blame as he; and for her unworthiness was he to be left to suffer?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Or, perhaps the triumph of the evening had been too much for him, and he was thinking of his own unworthiness.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Pete mistook Philip's hesitation for a silent commentary on his own unworthiness.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Never had she felt so strongly the unworthiness of the existence to which she was condemned.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • He realized, perhaps, not quite all this—and to the unworthiness of it all he gave no thought.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Though he laughed, it is clear that he was seeking to excuse an unworthiness of which he was conscious.

  • I admit it; but it is with unworthiness that we must combat unworthiness.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for unworthiness

unworthy

/ʌnˈwɜːðɪ/
adjective
1.
(often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
2.
(often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to): that remark is unworthy of you
3.
lacking merit or value
4.
(of treatment) not warranted or deserved
Derived Forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworthiness

unworthy

adj.

mid-13c., unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. Middle Dutch onwerdich, Dutch onwaardig, Middle Low German unwerdich, Old High German unwirdig, Old Norse uverðugr.

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